Give Me Patience (Alice Yim New York)

Alice Yim is one of my favourite New York designers and when I received an invite to her ‘Friends and Family Sale’ last month I jumped at the chance to go. I’d had my eye on the Patience dress from her Autumn/Winter 11 collection for ages, feeling that it was a great style for me.  The metallic grey and charcoal colours, the perfect floor length, the slightly dropped waist, the geometric detail on the waistband that nips your waist in… finally at the sale the dress was mine…

It is interesting how I’m developing such a crush on all things in floor length or “maxi” right now.  It feels like I’m yearning for a certain grace in my clothing ever since New York Fashion Week in September, where there were certainly a lot of longer lengths around.  There is an elegance to longer lengths and I think there is something about the way you hold yourself in floor length pieces too, that makes these styles appealing and enjoyable to wear.  I’m calling this my ‘Cinderella Complex’*

A recap, then, on some of my favourite longer dresses from the Spring Summer 2012 collections at New York Fashion Week, below.

All images from Elle.

Tibi - I love everything about this dress… in fact I need to start saving for this dress now…

DKNY – I’m a big fan of the shape of this dress, and the contrasting fabrics

Finally, a gorgeous lace and sheer gown by Tadashi Shoji.   Lani of Mon Petit Chou Chou and I saw this show a few months back and were captivated by the dresses in particular.  The spring  2012 collection pays homage to the tulip:

“Rich in its colour yet delicate in its form, this admired bloom is full of life, incessantly evolving and changing in shape. A vibrant palette of flora in shades of fern, magnolia, rosebud, and willow are infused in the exquisite fabrics of silk linen, embroidered lace, and draped tulle.” ~ from the Tadashi Shoji blog

I would love to hear your thoughts on how you feel wearing longer lengths, Blog Reader, and also if you’ve spotted any floor sweeping gowns that you can’t get out of your mind….

Images top, I’m wearing: Patience dress by Alice Yim New York. Alice’s SS12 collection is also on her website for viewing.  I’ll post about these styles at a later date, as I’m super excited about the fresh colours and mix of fabrics.  She has one gorgeous black dress with side slits in particular I have my eye on from the new line…

*to be distinguished from the psychological syndrome named by Colette Dowling, since I don’t have an unconscious desire to be taken care of by others, in case you were wondering.

NYFW Photo Diary Part I: Tadashi Shoji & Candela

Fashion week is here in New York City.  At Lincoln Centre I had the pleasure of hanging out with the lovely Lani of Mon Petit Chou Chou to attend the Tadashi Shoji show where a mix of bold stripes, pastels and lace worked together to create a “romantic wedding” atmosphere on the catwalk…

Whilst I stuck to black (Reiss shirt, Gap jean leggings) and wore my new Marni heels from Moss Austin, Lani was the lady in red in her outfit: off-white heels by Marni, pants by Milly, Forever 21 top and gorgeous necklace made by her (very creative!) mother

The front row at Shoji:

After the Shoji show we headed into the Candela presentation.  There was a young, fresh feel to the designs, models ensconced in a tropical jungle playground.  Rather like Shoji, there was a mix of colour and fabric – feminine touches of lace, bold coloured gowns, sheer mesh and leather shorts… all in all a very hip and youthful collection

After the shows we went on to visit Alice Yim and Reiss for Fashions Night Out. Pictures to come!

New York Fashion Week

Life has been a whirlwind of fun recently.  Over Labour Day weekend in the US of A I escaped the Big Apple on a road trip to Canada with my blogger friend Lani of Mon Petit Chou Chou, with assistance from the delightful folk at the Quebec Ministry for Tourism.  We spent a day in the Eastern Townships then wiled our way to Montreal where we saw the Gaultier Exhibition and shopped and ate our way around the city.  I’ve got heaps to post on Canada over the forthcoming weeks – ‘merci!’ to all who made the trip possible!

Back in New York I’m gearing up for Fashion Week.  Taking place between the 8th – 15th September, New York’s plays host to a wealth of design talent. I’m most interested in the first Cut25 presentation from Yigal Azrouel; Jenny Packham‘s ready-to-wear and the catwalk of Tadashi Shoji, whose gowns are staples on the red carpet: this image below from his Fall 11 collection shows us why… (dress images from The Fashion Spot):

Back in the real world of dressing, fashion week undoubtedly brings with it a series of dress dilemmas (most of which Lani heard throughout the Canada trip, sorry Lani).  What to wear for Blogger events?? What to wear for any shows I might be attending?? What to wear to feel good in SoHo when surrounded by 6 ft tall beautiful models *weeps*…… This year I return to two key brands for my outfits.  Yes, of course the clothes are black, Blog Reader, but how can I possibly go wrong with this gorgeous slinky dress from Donna Karen New York, bought from Cadillac’s Castle in the East Village, a favourite thrift store of mine:

Paired with my Dorothy Perkins heels and my nude clutch I think I’m good to go? Oui or non?? My second outfit will be from BCBG and J Crew and I’ll feature it on the blog next week.

You can watch live streaming of many of the New York Fashion Week shows on Now Fashion, or tune into my good-Twitter-friend Roz’s wonderful Catwalk Live TV.  The latter also has a twitter feed for notes about the shows as they unfold, and you can always follow the official Mercedes Benz fashion week account here, too (this also covers the Berlin and Milan shows).  See the full New York show schedule here.

Coming up on the Blog: The Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition in Montreal and a sexy, sassy spectacles giveaway from the amazing Spexclub who I have just ordered “Holly” frames from.  If you’re after a new pair of vintage or charming glasses then don’t forget to tune back in later this week! xo